Boredom is Surprisingly Useful…

Boredom is Surprisingly Useful…

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There’s no denying it. We are dorks ;)

I went on vacation last week to the Sierras. It was a long week of everything and nothing. I ate good food, took hikes, smelled wildflowers, and watched a hottie fisherman (my husband) catch huge rainbow trout. We played games, watched squirrels, and spent a few hours in a local sports bar to watch the world cup final. We then mourned for Argentina.

I can’t…

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Trust and Expectations: Writing Group Essentials for a Manuscript Swap

Trust and Expectations: Writing Group Essentials for a Manuscript Swap

DSC00663On July 1st, my writing girls came over and we swapped manuscripts. My 88k went to Jen, Liz’s 85k went to me, and Jen’s 27k went to both of us. Jen has been waiting to read the ending of my novel for about five years–so it’s about time!

One of the best attributes of a solid writing group is trust. We are vulnerable with each other in sharing plot points, story ideas, and raw drafts. Each group…

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Lifetime Milestone #5: COMPLETE!

Lifetime Milestone #5: COMPLETE!

DSC00650After 7 years, my novel’s first draft is complete! All 88,000 words and 147 single-spaced pages sit on my dining table, undeniable proof that my hard work has paid off.

Having a printed manuscript feels like the final confirmation that I am, indeed, a writer. At every family party for the past seven years, I’ve had to tell my cousins and aunts, “I’m still working on the novel. Um, yeah, the same…

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Big-Picture Background for the Detail Oriented

Big-Picture Background for the Detail Oriented

DSC00642I’ve avoided it for a long time. A long long long time. But this week I finally knuckled down, put in the hours, and tracked the timeline of my entire book.

The novel’s grunt-work really didn’t deserve such epic procrastination, but somehow I kept pushing the novel forward instead of stopping and figuring it all out. No damage done, thankfully, but now that I’m on the other side of the process, I…

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Melting Ceramics by Livia Marin

Let Chaos Come—AKA—An Exciting New Adventure Awaits!

Let Chaos Come–AKA–An Exciting New Adventure Awaits!

DSC00530Life is a rumble tumble experience. As I’ve recently discovered, happiness often comes with its own difficulty. And if you keep your eyes open, worry is followed by a spot of sunshine.

If you want to know anything about me, know that I love order. I organize for fun. I work best in a clean, tidy environment. And now, chaos has fallen.

Two weeks ago, a large pile of props filled my living room. I…

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Just reinventing the wheel. Don’t mind me.

Just reinventing the wheel. Don’t mind me.

So it’s time to write a blog post, and I’m stumped. I’m in the middle of buying a house with my husband, and even though that doesn’t take that much of my time away from my personal writing, it sure takes up a lot of mental and emotional energy.

We discuss over and over how to push certain paperwork through, how we’re going to move in, and what construction projects we’ll start on first. I browse…

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From the Forge: Dear Mom, You are the Bravest Storyteller I Know

As a young married woman, I’m barraged with advice. My volunteer advisors fall into two camps: the enjoy-your-honeymoon-while-you-can and the have-kids-now-they’re-amazing.

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Shurret needs to concentrate but Watsichu doesn’t care. 
Guys, theres more of these on my tumblr…
More to come too ;)

These are far. too. cute! 

How Frozen’s logic defying story thaws hearts

How Frozen’s logic defying story thaws hearts

elsa_bust_by_amesrobin-d7h7kpdFrozen created the most hype I’ve heard in a long, long time. Loosely based off of “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Anderson, Disney’s film went back to traditional fairytale roots while staying away from the cliché love story. Since I’m far from a dedicated moviegoer, I sat back and watched the excitement grow and grow. Finally, instead of going to the theaters, my husband and I bought it.

I…

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